Rockies Reliever To Have Season-Ending Surgery

A big blow to the Colorado Rockies bullpen, as their most effective reliever will be undergoing likely season-ending surgery. 

Tyler Kinley has a right elbow strain and a flexor tear, and doctors will determine the extent and nature of the surgery once they open him up. Rockies manager Bud Black said he is likely out for the season. If Tommy John surgery is required—and that has not been ruled out—then he could miss next season as well.

Kinley is having a dynamic breakout season in the Rockies 'pen, with a 0.75 ERA and a 1.12 WHIP, while striking out 10.1 batters per nine innings. He'd only allowed one earned run in his last 15 innings. Black had even suggested he had a chance to be the Rockies' representative at the All-Star game. 

The 31-year-old was in his 3rd season with the Rockies, following some time spent with the Minnesota Twins and Milwaukee Brewers. 

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